Mattia Binotto “Has to Leave” – Former F1 Driver Calls for a Complete Restructure at Ferrari

Published 09/17/2020, 10:42 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – August 14, 2020 Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto during the press conference | Courtesy: Reuters


It has now become a running theme for Ferrari to suffer from various issues every race weekend. Whether they’re technical in nature or problems with strategy, something is not quite right there. Some think the root of it all is the team management, while others think the drivers could do better.

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Regardless, there have been rallying calls from Ferrari fans to resurrect the team in some way, and to restore it back to its former glory. But a former F1 driver thinks it is best to throw out the playbook and start afresh with the functioning structure – and that starts with dismissing Team Principal Mattia Binotto from his post.

Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc during practice | REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

That is according to Timo Glock, the German driver formerly of Toyota and Marussia F1 Racing teams. In an interview with SPEEDWEEK.COM, he said, “Usually it’s relatively clear that he has to leave after such incidents. But at the moment he’s still holding up well in the saddle. I’m curious to see how much longer.” (translated with Google Translate)

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Ferrari needs to sort out its engine hassles

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It has been clear for some time now that Ferrari no longer possesses a competitive race pace. The engine is the heart of a racing car, and rightly so. If there is a problem with the foundation, then it is obvious that no amount of regulations and updates can make the car go faster. In that regard, a lot has changed for the Scuderia since their 2019 ‘settlement’ with the FIA regarding their engine. The car went from being ferociously powerful enough for winning races and podiums to defending against midfield rivals and securing points finishes. All in a period of two years.

Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – The Ferrari car is pushed by mechanics ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix | REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Glock believes that sacking Binotto might not be enough. There needs to be an entire revolution of how they approach modern day racing as an institution. He says, “At some point there has to be consequences, but it’s not just up to one person. A completely new structure has to go into it.” (translated with Google Translate)

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Ferrari has made changes to its driver lineup for next season, pairing Carlos Sainz with Charles Leclerc. It will now interest to see if Ferrari can go a further step and get itself a new Team Principal. Binotto is safe for now, but things change real quick in F1.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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